SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Officials said a 10th grader at East Surry High School who was injured in a car crash earlier this month died Sunday.
Stokes County officials said 15-year-old Jacob Pettitt died nearly three weeks after being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in critical condition.
Authorities said Pettitt was driving a 2010 Nissan Maxima and crashed into a tree around 8:40 p.m. Sept. 3 near East Surry High School.
Darragh Boutis, 40, who is the mother of one of Jacob’s friends, was riding as a passenger. She was not seriously injured.
Officials said Pettitt was driving on a learner’s permit and had just returned from a soccer game against South Stokes. He played junior varsity soccer for East Surry High School.
Sgt. Mitch Whitener of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Pettitt’s parents had just given their son the 2010 Nissan Maxima for his upcoming birthday.
He was reportedly showing Boutis the car when he crashed. Troopers said speed was a factor in the wreck.
Pettitt’s car was traveling 65 to 70 mph before the crash, according to Trooper Austin Beck of the N.C. Highway Patrol. The speed limit on that stretch is 35 mph, Beck said.
Students had been meeting before school at East Surry High for a prayer circle since crash happened. Officials said counselors will be on hand for students on Monday.
The social media website Twitter was flooded with support from the community on Sunday. A few tweets are included below:
Sad to hear of the passing of @ES_Athletics student-athlete Jacob Pettitt. Our prayers go out to his family, friends & East Surry community.—
Surry Central Sports (@SC_GoldenEagles) September 22, 2013
We ask the ES community to be in prayer for the Pettitt family as we mourn the loss of one of our own. You will be missed Jacob!—
East Surry Athletics (@ES_Athletics) September 22, 2013
Not only am I praying for the Pettitt family, but I'm also praying for the East Surry family, too! Much love from North Surry—
Abigail Vipperman (@avipperman2) September 22, 2013
Praying for unconditional love and peace that surpasses all understanding for the Pettitt family.—
Jensen Williams (@jensenwilliams) September 22, 2013
Instead of being at work I wish I was with my friends at Fairview honoring Jacob's memory. Pray for the Pettitt Family—
Madison Moore (@madmadmoore) September 22, 2013
R.I.P. Jacob Pettitt, you will be missed.—
Nina Johnson (@NinaJ14) September 22, 2013
Rest in peace Jacob Pettitt. You will definitely be remembered throughout our community.—
Allison Chattin (@AllisonNoelle04) September 22, 2013